Report: Sixers Have Meeting with Ben Simmons

Adding Ben Simmons would bring some level of certainty to the Sixers rebuild | Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

According to a report from Marc Stein of ESPN, the Sixers had a meeting with Ben Simmons, the presumptive #1 overall pick in next Thursday’s NBA draft.  | Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Sixers had a dinner with Ben Simmons last night prior to game 6 of the NBA finals.

This was the first time the Sixers have had the chance to meet with Ben Simmons in person. In fact, according to Stein the Sixers are the only team who has been granted access to Simmons to this point.

The meeting, according to Stein, included numerous members of the Sixers’ front office, including Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo and head coach Brett Brown, as well as Rich Paul, Simmons’ agent. Read more »

76ers Musings: Stop Overreacting To Ben Simmons Not Working Out

Is Ben Simmons not working out for the Sixers a big deal? | Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Is Ben Simmons not working out for the Sixers a big deal? | Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

This week we continue our 76ers musings column, where we focus on a couple of (relatively) quick-hitting thoughts on topics being discussed about the Philadelphia 76ers.

You can read previous entries in the “Sixers Musings” series here.

Whether Ben Simmons works out for Sixers isn’t a big deal

Would it be good if the 76ers were able to get LSU forward Ben Simmons in for a workout? Of course. More information is better than less information, and having a one-on-one interview with a kid who is about to become the face of your franchise certainly provides value. Everybody would prefer to have Simmons in for a workout than not.

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Carson Wentz Got Locked in a NJ Bathroom, and Twitter Loves It

Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

New Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz got himself stuck in a New Jersey bathroom yesterday.

Wentz, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, tweeted about the situation last night.

It garnered close to 4,000 retweets, over 6,000 likes and many, many amusing replies. No follow-up tweets from Wentz yet on what bathroom he got locked in, but thank goodness for the attendants and “the other guy w/ the leg kick.”

Curious about the garden shears? So is everyone else.

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WATCH: Chilean Fans Sing National Anthem at the Linc

Chile’s national anthem is long. It’s five verses and a chorus. It’s so long the country has a short version, which is what U.S. Soccer says was approved for use in the Copa Americá Centenario.

Fans and players, apparently, wanted to sing a longer version of the anthem. And as they continued to sing Chile’s opener in the tournament, they were interrupted by a Pitbull song. At Chile’s second match, and last night at Lincoln Financial Field, the players and fans got together and sang the anthem after the music stopped. They were not interrupted by Pitbull.

I don’t speak Spanish, but it was pretty cool. A lot of cool things happened at Lincoln Financial Field the past week in the Copa Americá Centenario. Uruguayan fans dominated the crowd of 23,002 at the first game, only to see Venezuela eliminate them from the tournament with a 1-0 win. The smaller contingent of Venezuelan fans hung around to celebrate in the stands for a long time afterward. Read more »

He Was a Flyers Fan. He Won the Stanley Cup With Pittsburgh

Jim Britt holds the Stanley Cup on the ice after the Penguins win

Photo courtesy of Jim Britt

I was watching the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate their Stanley Cup victory when I spotted a familiar face on the ice. There was Jim Britt, with his wife, posing for a photo with the Stanley Cup.

Britt and I were classmates at Holy Ghost Prep. He played on our school’s hockey team, which his dad coached. The Flyers had been to the Stanley Cup Finals just before our freshman year of high school together, and it seemed like the Legion of Doom line would one day bring the Stanley Cup to Philadelphia for the first time in either of our lives.

Sixteen years after we graduated, the Flyers still don’t have a Stanley Cup win since 1975. Jim Britt does.  Read more »

Ben Simmons: Being Selected With #1 Pick A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity

Ben Simmons | Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Simmons may be the Sixers’ choice with the No. 1 overall pick | Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

There has been much speculation about whether Ben Simmons wants to be drafted first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.

That speculation, which initially originated from a report that Simmons could earn more out of a shoe deal if he were drafted by Los Angeles, has been gaining momentum of late because the Sixers have yet to meet with the former LSU star. The Sixers have already met with Brandon Ingram, the other presumptive top-2 pick in June 23rd’s draft, twice. Once at the NBA Combine at Chicago in May and then earlier today at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where the Sixers had Ingram in for a private one-on-none workout.

Earlier today, Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo confirmed that no meeting was currently scheduled between Simmons and the Sixers.

“As of this moment, not yet,” Colangelo said about a potential meeting. “We’re still working on that.”

Colangelo, however, did sound optimistic that Simmons had no problem playing for Philadelphia if they did decide to select him first overall.

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Brandon Ingram Impresses in Workout with Sixers, No Workout Scheduled for Ben Simmons

The Philadelphia 76ers had Duke forward Brandon Ingram in for a workout on Monday | Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers had Duke forward Brandon Ingram in for a workout on Monday | Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Who the Sixers will select with the first overall pick has been a two-horse race ever since the team was awarded the #1 overall pick in May 17th’s NBA lottery.

One of those players is Duke small forward Brandon Ingram, who worked out for the Sixers at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine on Monday. Ingram was the only player participating in the workout.

“Obviously, in a one-on-none workout you’re not going to learn everything about a player, but that’s why we scouted a lot of basketball games and watched a lot of tape,” Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said about the workout. “He’s a versatile forward that can handle the ball, can shoot the ball. I referred to him as a silky smooth small forward. He can do a lot.”

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Meet the Philly Lawyer Repping Maria Sharapova in Her Doping Appeal

John Haggerty courtesy of Fox Rothschild. Maria Sharapova By Valentina Alemanno - <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/thevhale/14289180684/">Flickr</a>, via <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0" title="Creative Commons Attribution 2.0">CC BY 2.0</a>.

John Haggerty courtesy of Fox Rothschild. Maria Sharapova, by Valentina Alemanno on Flickr, via CC BY 2.0.

The long-awaited conclusion of Maria Sharapova’s drug debacle arrived earlier this month with good news and bad news.

The good: the International Tennis Federation tribunal found her doping violation to be unintentional.

The bad: Sharapova now faces a two-year suspension from tennis, a devastating blow to the now 29-year-old athlete’s career, if upheld.

John Haggerty, a resident of Newtown, has been behind the famous Russian athlete during her recent legal trouble, and for the past decade. A partner at Philadelphia firm Fox Rothschild, Haggerty has been ranked as a leading General Commercial Litigation Lawyer in Ohio and Pennsylvania by Chambers USA. Haggerty became Sharapova’s attorney after previously working on behalf of IMG Worldwide, the agency that represented Sharapova.

“We feel that unfortunately the ITF tribunal overlooked significant evidence and that they were trying to use Maria and her popularity and her high ranking as a tennis player to send a message with regard to anti-doping,” Haggerty told Philadelphia magazine. “So we think she got an unfair suspension as a result of that.”  Read more »

15 Years Ago Today, Sixers Fans Booed Beyoncé

Destiny's Child at the 2001 NBA Finals

Destiny’s Child performs during halftime of Game 4 of the 2001 NBA Finals 15 years ago today. Michelle Williams’ Lakers jersey started a chorus of boos that nearly drowned out the performance by the end. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)

What began as a promising NBA Finals was looking pretty bleak by halftime of Game 4.

The Sixers — bruised and battered, led by NBA MVP Allen Iverson in his finest season — had clawed out of deficits in their first three series to win the Eastern Conference. They rallied to beat the Lakers, previously unbeaten in the playoffs, in Game 1. But the Sixers dropped a winnable Game 2 when they missed some late free throws, then lost Game 3 back in Philadelphia as well. Now they were down 14 at halftime of Game 4. Sixers fans could forget about any chance at a comeback if the Lakers went up 3 games to 1. The incredible playoff run of 2001 looked like it was coming to an end.

And out on the court at the then-First Union Center stepped Beyoncé, the biggest pop star in the world. Her performance was widely booed throughout. Really.

She wasn’t the biggest pop star in the world at the time. She was still Beyoncé Knowles, lead singer of Houston girl-group Destiny’s Child. Two years before, it had a breakthrough with its second album. The Writing’s on the Wall went eight-times platinum, there were major lineup shakeups. By June 2001, Destiny’s Child was a trio. Read more »

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